Brisbane to host inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum

Leading architects from across the globe will gather in Brisbane from 1–14 March for the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum (APAF), an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

The two week forum will include a range of events including exhibitions, installations, lectures, workshops and a symposium, which will engage architecture enthusiasts, professionals, educators and students alike.

Acting Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Mark Bailey said the APAF will showcase the diversity of the countries, cities and people of the Asia Pacific and reflect on the way new world cities are responding to the opportunities and challenges of the Asian century.

“The forum will bring together leading architects from across the Asia Pacific region to share ideas, learn and innovate in the area of our built environment,” Mr Bailey said.

“This exciting event will allow people of all ages to get involved with workshops including a free Little Designers architecture workshop for children aged four to eight and a free Design Minds UQ Future Indigenous Architects workshop. For those who have young budding architects and designers in the family, the Little Designers workshop is an opportunity to nurture that creative side and introduce young minds to design and architecture through play.”

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the APAF will promote architecture’s pivotal role in the culture, sustainability and economy of the region.

“State Library, through the Asia Pacific Design Library, is delighted to be able to partner with Architecture Media to deliver this dynamic program of exhibitions and events, that will include work by architects based in Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, India, New Zealand, the UAE and Australia,” Mrs Cooper said.

“The Asia Pacific region is an exciting place in terms of creativity and growth, and we’re excited to showcase some of the most innovative architectural projects and practices, and inspire discussion about architecture’s role in the region.”

Architecture Media’s Editorial Director Cameron Bruhn said architects across the world are responding to the largest wave of urban growth in history.

“The rapid growth of Asian Pacific cities is creating unprecedented environmental, social and economic challenges for the region. The APAF will explore the way architects are addressing these demands, creating resilient new world cities,” Mr Bruhn said.

Highlights of the Forum include: Design Minds Lumifold Workshop; the Design Minds UQ Future Indigenous Architects Workshop, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s fourth iteration of Fugitive Structures, designed by award-winning Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia, which aims to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment; a free Little Designers architecture workshop; the ArchitectureAP Symposium, a one day conference with internationally renowned keynote speakers; Living in the city: New architecture from Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific, a Museum of Brisbane exhibition featuring models of unbuilt work by architects from Queensland and Brisbane’s Asia Pacific sister cities; and the UQ Architecture lecture series, featuring leading local, national and internal architects.

The forum is a collaboration between founding partners Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland; presenting partners Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, BVN, and Museum of Brisbane; event partners University of Queensland School of Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects, and Artisan; in association with QAGOMA — 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and Maison & Objet Asia.

Further events may be announced. For more information including the full program and booking details, visit

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Asia Pacific Architecture Forum – events summary

APAF opening night drinks
1 Mar, 5.30pm–6.30pm | State Library of Queensland | Free, bookings required

UQ Architecture lecture series
1 & 8 Mar, 6.30pm–8pm | State Library of Queensland | Free, bookings required

Fugitives Structures 2016: An installation by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
1 Mar — 15 May | State Library of Queensland | Free

Living in the City: New architecture in Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific (exhibition)
19 Feb — 22 May, 10am–5pm | Museum of Brisbane | Free

Vokes & Peters Detail & Manner exhibition
1 Mar — 9 Apr, Tues–Fri 10.30am–5.30pm, Sat 10am–4pm | Artisan Gallery | Free

ArchitectureAP Symposium
4 Mar, 9am–5pm | State Library of Queensland | From $400, bookings required

Design Minds Lumifold workshops
7–9 Mar, 5pm–8pm | State Library of Queensland | $30, bookings required

Design Minds UQ Future Indigenous Architects workshop
14 Mar, 11am–6.30pm | State Library of Queensland | Free, bookings required

Little Designers: architecture workshop
6 & 13 Mar, 1pm–2pm & 3pm–4pm | State Library of Queensland | For ages 4–8 | Free, bookings required

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